Huawei Ascend P1 S hands on review

Is that it? Huawei’s uber-thin smartphone gets the hands-on treatment. Click for our first impressions

Huawei Ascend P1 S – overview

Huawei is the new HTC. Get used to hearing that. Although, actually, it might be that Huawei is actually the new Motorola. See, until very recently, Motorola’s new RAZR was the thinnest Android phone about. Now that title belongs to Huawei’s Ascend P1 S.

That said, it’s not as noticable as you might think, perhaps owing to the P1 S’s reverse chin and protruding camera bump. The flatter parts of the Ascend’s rear are designed to distribute heat evenly and it’s slightly textured (though not so much as the RAZR’s weave effect casing).

Huawei Ascend P1 S – screen

Flip Huawei’s super slim phone over and you’re met by the 4.3in AMOLED display. With a resolution of 960x540, our first impression suggests it’s not the sharpest we’ve seen (nor, in fact, the brightest) but it’s certainly no slouch. And, to be fair, a press conference isn’t the place to make finite judgements – we’ll be back with a full review for that.

Huawei Ascend P1 S – Ice Cream Sandwich

2012 is the year of Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0. And the Ascend P1 S is rocking it from the off. A quick bustle around the operating system suggests the Ascend is more than capable of skimming around without a hint of lag, and why would it? There’s a combination of powerful processing, 1GB RAM and dedicated graphics handling to make sure it’s up to the job.

Huawei Ascend P1 S – camera

Although the 8MP camera creates a slight bulge in the otherwise skinny profile of Huawei’s Ascend P1 S, it might prove worth it. Like the iPhone 4S’s camera, the P1’s is 8MP of BSI (back illuminated sensor) joy, with 1080p video skills.

A fluoro-lit table in the corner of a busy press conference is no place to test a camera, but for what it’s worth, the Ascend P1 S’s snapper seems to produce bonnie results even in these less-than-ideal conditions. The cam’s got some neat tricks too, such as the ability to take five quick-fire shots of a group of people and allow you to automagically stitch together the best faces from each. Bet we can still ruin a group shot, mind.

Huawei Ascend P1 S – first impressions

The Huawei P1 S will be arriving in metallic black, ceramic white and, erm, cherry-blossom pink when it starts hitting UK shelves this spring (for an bargainous US$400, it’s said) and should those colours not tickle you, this range of alternative back covers might. We think we’ll stick to black.

So that’s the Huawei Ascend P1 S in a nutshell. Should you be excited? Yes, you should. Huawei’s promising top-notch quality on a phone that you could get a paper cut off at a price that beggar’s belief. Pinch us… we think we might be dreaming.

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